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2014 Perseid meteor shower starts Sunday

The annual Perseid meteor shower will start Sunday, Aug. 10, and will hit its peak Tuesday night, Aug. 12. 

Posted on Aug. 9, 2014 at 12:04 p.m.

Stargazers, get ready: The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend, and NASA predicts up to 100 meteors per hour.

The Perseids peak in mid-August and usually have the fastest, brightest meteors of the year. This year, the meteor shower starts Sunday night, Aug. 10, and will peak Tuesday night, Aug. 12, into Wednesday morning, the Boston Globe reported.

According to NASA, the best time to see the meteor shower is just before dawn, though it’s possible to see them as early as 10 p.m. 

NASA recommends finding a spot far away from city or street lights and lying flat on the ground with feet pointing northeast. After about 30 minutes, people’s eyes usually adjust to the darkness, and they can see the meteors cross the sky.

The annual Perseid meteor shower will coincide with a supermoon this weekend. The largest, brightest moon of the year also rises Sunday night. It’s predicted to be 16 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

NASA says the supermoon may be so bright that the shower will be hard to see, but stargazers should still be able to see some fireballs and meteors.

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